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Winter Classic - Pre-game Quick Notes

It’s the first Monday of 2012, and all the talk around Philadelphia is the Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic. Not the mummers. Not (really) the eagles. Not the Phillies, unless if course they were talking about how Roy Halladay saved a man from an anaconda attack the other day.

We’re set to begin in Philadelphia…

Nope, Flyers hockey has completely has completely engulfed the city. But through all of the admittedly spectacular distraction, there is still a meaningful hockey game to be played. The conference is on the line, and we’re breaking it down from a windy and wild Citizen’s Bank Park after the jump!


The big news coming out of the park earlier today is the season debut of Rangers defenseman Mark Staal. Though he won’t be racking up big minutes today from a 3rd pairing role, his presence helps bring a different dynamic to the Rangers back end. The Flyers would be wise to pester him a bit whenever he takes the ice in order to make him as uncomfortable as possible out there, because if he settles down it could mean trouble.

In the last two games between these two clubs, the Rangers have really been able to dictate the flow and tempo of the game. The Flyers should focus all their energy on coming out flying in order to get the expected crowd of 45,000+ going early, while also helping to neutralize the potent Rangers offense. For the Flyers, their game plan should begin and end with a fast start.

And of course, it wouldn’t be a spectacle in Philadelphia if all eyes weren’t on the crease. The pressure falls squarely on the shoulders of young netminder Sergei Bobrovsky, as he will be looking to vindicate his coach and prove all the doubters wrong in the biggest game of his career. His claim to fame throughout his amateur tenure was always his ability to come up big in times of need, and the stage doesn’t get much needier than this. Against a powerhouse offense like the Rangers, the Flyers will live and die by their goaltending when the puck drops in Citizens Bank Park.

I hope everyone is staying warm and getting ready for what should prove to be a fantastic spectacle for a number of reasons – The teams are on the ice for warmups now; the puck is about to drop!



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SYF's avatar

Those are some fantastic pics, Marc.  The bottom pic looks like it used that Photoshop technique of making it look a miniature set.

I’m rooting for a good game between the two teams.  The TV numbers for this game should be ridiculous.

Posted by SYF from Twerkin' with Anastasia Ashley on 01/02/12 at 05:54 PM ET

Marc Siciliano's avatar

Thanks! it’s all straight from the iPhone believe it or not… apps FTW.

Great atmosphere though, especially now that the game is picking up. We should be in store for a great 3rd period

Posted by Marc Siciliano on 01/02/12 at 08:08 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Don’t know if you caught it but Jagr has a strained left groin and will miss 7-10 days.  That’s why he left the game in the first period last night.

Posted by SYF from Twerkin' with Anastasia Ashley on 01/03/12 at 07:58 PM ET

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